Updated January 4th, 2024 at 15:02 IST

Jio Financial-BlackRock jointly apply for mutual fund licence with SEBI

The joint venture plans to leverage Jio's technological capabilities and market expertise, coupled with BlackRock's scale and investment proficiency.

Reported by: Business Desk
Jio Financial-BlackRock apply for mutual fund licence | Image:Freepik
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Jio Finance-BlackRock JV: Jio Financial Services and BlackRock Financial Management have jointly applied for a mutual fund license with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). The regulatory update as of December 31, 2023, indicates that SEBI is currently considering the application, positioning the joint venture to enter the competitive Indian mutual fund industry.

Jio BlackRock's digital-first approach

The collaborative effort between Jio Financial Services, the financial arm of Mukesh Ambani's Reliance, and BlackRock aims to bring forth innovative and affordable investment solutions. The joint venture plans to leverage Jio's technological capabilities and market expertise, coupled with BlackRock's scale and investment proficiency, to introduce a digital-first approach in the mutual fund industry, potentially democratising the Rs 50 lakh crore sector.

Potential disruptors in mutual fund landscape

Pending final approval from SEBI, Jio Financial Services and BlackRock are poised to emerge as significant disruptors, comparable to the impact of Reliance Jio in the telecommunications industry. With assets totaling $8.2 trillion, according to 2022 data, BlackRock's re-entry into India's asset management sector, after parting ways with DSP in 2018, adds substantial weight to the joint venture's potential impact on the $580 billion mutual fund industry in India.

Industry dynamics: Growing interest and new entrants

The mutual fund industry in India is witnessing heightened interest and activity, with 45 players currently in the sector managing assets exceeding Rs 50 lakh crore. Alongside Jio Financial Services and BlackRock, Abira Securities has also reapplied for a mutual fund license. The industry has welcomed new entrants in 2023, including Bajaj Finserv Asset Management, Helios Mutual Fund, and Zerodha Fund House, indicating a dynamic landscape with both actively and passively managed funds.
 

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Published January 4th, 2024 at 09:23 IST